Mar 11, 2013

New National Geographic Blog Features Unseen Rare and Amazing Photos from Their Archives

National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr blog - Found - which shares some seriously incredible vintage photos from the magazine's vast archives.   

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Jun 15, 2011

The Only Five Items You Need for a Home Photo Studio

Most creative types have at least a passing interest in photography. It's the best way to capture your visual work and share it with others, and I'm sure most of you hear the quote, "Here, you're artsy. Would you take a photo of us?" when at a gathering of friends or a night out and about.

My own adventure with photography has developed as I've begun to make more and more stuff, and created online tutorials of them. When we finally decided to do some published print stuff, I took the leap and bought a DSLR, and I haven't looked back since.

But, once you figure out the camera situation, you have to get all the lights, tripods, reflectors, sets, etc to worry about. Or...do you?       

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May 04, 2011

How To: Make the World's Smallest Postcard!

In the era of smartphones and text messages, the postcard has taken a bit of a hit. Sure, you could take time to go to a gift shop, select the best taken-at-sunset aerial photo of wherever you are, then try to find a place that'll sell you stamps, and take the time to write a note to all of your friends, find somewhere to mail it, and then beat the postcard home and tell your loved ones all about it before it arrives.

Or, you can snap a photo with your phone and text it to all your friends, email to your parents, and upload it to Facebook for the rest of the world to see.

Which is too bad, methinks, cause I think postcards are pretty cool, and need a revisiting. A tiny, little, awesome revisiting.

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Oct 06, 2010

Boring Photos? Crap Them Up with the Michael Bay-ifier

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ManMade does not, in any way, at any time, for any reason, condone the consumption of Michael Bay movies.

But we, very enthuastically, enjoin you to take advantage of the Michael Bayifier, a internet application that allows you to upload a photo, give it unnatural color, bombs, explosions, and all the other unbelievable junk that make up a typical Bay feature.  

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Aug 06, 2010

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

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Okay, so these are admittedly a bit different from the standard ManMade posts, but they're too amazing not to share. "These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color."

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May 21, 2010

101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes

created at: 05/21/2010

Deke McClelland - master media lecturer - has done the impossible...or at least the ambituous. He's made this amazing how-to video that features nearly every Photoshop shortcut and excess-click-avoiding tip, all in five minutes and to a tune that mimics mid-90s bizarro hit "Popular" by Nada Surf.

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Apr 26, 2010

A Moment in Time: Photographers All Over the World Will Take Photos at the Same Time on May 2nd

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Thousands of shutters all over the world will be released at the same moment, creating "A Moment in Time," a global art project that captures an instant across the planet.

The project is organized by Lens, the photography, video, and visual journalism blog of the New York Times. The magic hour will occur THIS Sunday, May 2nd, at 15:00 Coordinated Universal Time, which is 11:00 a.m. here in Eastern Standard Time, 10a Central, and 8a on the west coast.

"[In] our initial invitation, “A Timely Global Mosaic, Created by All of Us,” ... we asked everyone, everywhere, to join in making this worldwide photographic mosaic, with each photographer submitting their one best picture. As guidance, we suggested a few broad topics like arts and entertainment, community, family, money and the economy, nature and the environment, play, religion, social issues and work. And we also suggested that you might find the experience even more rewarding if you do some planning in advance, taking into account how best to represent yourself, and your community, with a single image."  

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Mar 29, 2010

Who Needs a Space Shuttle? Amazing Pictures of Earth Captured by One Man, a Balloon, and His Compact Camera

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Robert Harrison loves space.

And, like anyone with a DIY-bent and a passion, he wanted to do what he could to participate in space exploration: so he made a space craft, and then took pictures of the Earth with it.

The materials? Some styrofoam, duct tape, a Canon CyberShot, a big ole helium balloon, and GPS/radio transmitter combo so he could find it once the balloon burst and it returned to earth.created at: 03/29/2010

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Feb 24, 2010

How To: Fold a Paper Pinhole Camera


In 1979, the Czechoslovakian magazine ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců [An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists] published a cut-out paper camera known as the Dirkon - from dirk- the Czech word for pinhole, with -kon, from the Japanese photo masters Nikon.   

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Jan 08, 2010

How To: Add an SLR Lens to Your Camera Phone

How, you say? It starts like most good projects - with cardboard and duct tape. "I wanted to try something that required the minimum amount of disassembly of expensive components (i.e. no warranty voiding!), as well as being cheap and relatively easy to assemble...I already had the lenses and phone, so the project cost me less than US$10."

Phone-O-Scope: 50mm attached

But then WHY, you'll say. A couple of reasons stand out. One, the effect is pretty cool. It allows for the depth of field of 35mm lenses, as well as some crazy colors and lens distortion, and sometimes some Holga-like vingettes.

Phone-O-Scope: montage

Also, I think the likelihood of being able to do this on the cheap is

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Dec 27, 2009

Excellent, Free Photography How-To Videos

Even if you're not a devoted Nikon disciple, they're offering some great free how-to videos that appeal to anyone interested in digital photography.

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My three faves are these by Joe McNally, who's the kinda guy from whom you just wanna learn.   

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